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My current ones are Roadian CT8 HL that came with the van. 50K miles and thread has worn out on front tires.
I travel predominantly in south west. Got stuck a few times in the mud and wet sand, but otherwise I've never had issues with these stock tires.
I'm curious if about 100$ extra price tag on more 'off-road' tires is worth it. My van is also pretty empty so weight is not an issue.

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I've done some fairly sketchy dirt roads with my stock tires. It depends on how much and what kind of "off-roading" you do. "Off-road" tires can also cost you a bit more in terms of MPG and road noise. Haven't done it myself, but you could try airing down instead.
 

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Coming from the offloading crowd, I say better tires are always worth it IMHO, but I'm not one to obsess over mpg. I will slap on some AT tires when mine wear out. They won't necessarily get you out of a stuck situation, but overall performance in almost every category comes in handy if you can afford it. It's very much like upgrading shoes for your feet, so decide accordingly.
 

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I've done some fairly sketchy dirt roads with my stock tires. It depends on how much and what kind of "off-roading" you do. "Off-road" tires can also cost you a bit more in terms of MPG and road noise. Haven't done it myself, but you could try airing down instead.
As much as I hate the OEM Nexans I’ve driven over some pretty bad, rocky, rutted roads with them with no problems. The worst thing about them is the hard ride IMHO. I’ve lowered my TP to 55 psi to compensate.
 

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any concerns at having these replaced at my neighborhood car shop (with good reviews). For whatever reason I'm having hard time even getting a reply from my local Dodge RAM dealerships. Mostly getting automated emails back.
 

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any concerns at having these replaced at my neighborhood car shop (with good reviews). For whatever reason I'm having hard time even getting a reply from my local Dodge RAM dealerships. Mostly getting automated emails back.
Shouldn't be. Tire places almost always have a garage tall enough. Do your research on tires and pricing on tirerack.com for example. Then call the local shop and ask about pricing and availability on your pick of tires. Find out total cost including mount, balance, recycle/disposal fee, valve stems, etc.

It's a good idea to get an alignment. This is the only part a particulae tire shop might not be able to do, depending on if their machine and shop can fit a full size high roof cargo van. If not then find a shop thay can do it all, or you can go to an aliment specialist shop after you.ger the tires.
 

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I actually was really happy with the stock tires in my 17 2500 HT. We drive a fair amount of dirt/ gravel roads and I noticed a few minor cuts in the tread area. Never ever got a flat or a large cut.
Drove Siskiyou Summit and all around Southern Oregon with snow on the ground and never needed chains.
At 40,000 I replaced them with Falken Wildpeak AT3W. I'm not real happy, in fact these are the only tires I have ever purchased and wish I had not.
I run them at recommended pressures and they squirm a bit on the highway and I lost just about 1.5 mpg in the highway.
 

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I'll be looking for replacements in a year (~40k) and was considering the wildpeak, but @MtBiker has me re-thinking AT tires.

After thousands of miles on dirt, gravel and rocks (the land between the Rockies and the cascades/Sierra are so awesome) with stock tires I've only punctured the transmission oil pan (I barely touched that rock, I swear) and had to back up once on a very steep hill visiting a mine in death valley (rear wheel drive 😛). Oh, stuck in sand at a trail head, but a minute with the shovel and I was on my way.

Driving on gravel can sometimes be like driving on ball bearings with the stock tires. But that's easy to solve, just slow down.

So no complaints. Every time I've tried to make my van look cool there's been a performance hit. So maybe stock replacements are the way to go.
 

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any concerns at having these replaced at my neighborhood car shop (with good reviews). For whatever reason I'm having hard time even getting a reply from my local Dodge RAM dealerships. Mostly getting automated emails back.
You often get a better deal on tires elsewhere, here's where I go. Dill's Tire may not look like much but it's always an experience and there's a reason they've been there for generations - the best deals on tires across the area.
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My tire philosophy is to skip the road hazard and extra's and just get tires mounted and balanced. When you're out in the sticks and need a tire the road hazard you payed extra $$ for is worthless anyway. You can pay more for even better coverage of course but the chances you'll even get a flat at all are pretty low - unless you frequent construction sites, are into beating up your van off road, or can't stop hitting curbs and/or road debris. I haven't had a flat in over 25 years and that was way up in the Wind River mountains where I should not have been even in my 4x4. YMMV, but you should be able to find a good place near you that will beat the dealer.
 

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BFG KO2s saved my life in Blizzard Gap, southern Oregon. Snowstorm caught us by surprise and there were ~3 inches of slushy wet snow on the ground and no plows in sight. The pic doesn't do it justice, to the left is a cliff edge that is certain death if you happen to lose traction. Could the stock tires have held grip? Probably. Is it worth $100 to me to not have died there? Yes. Same with the minimally worse ride, noise, and MPG. None of those are great to begin with. I run Yokohama G015s now since they supposedly perform better in the rain, and we see more rain than snow. +1 for buying online (tirerack) and having them installed locally, would definitely NOT go to a dealer for this.

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I like my Cooper Discoverer AT3 LT245/70R16's. They are about an inch wider to give more traction / bigger footprint on soft surfaces. Using 245/70 means it is almost the same diameter as the 225/75 so speedo / transmission ratios are not affected and NO clearance problems associated with 245/75's . They should be louder due to the tread pattern but there is so much wind noise it is hard to notice. I believe my first set lasted 50K miles.
 

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Just purchased TOYO Open Country tires the other day from local tire shop. They source their tires from TireRack. They come with road hazard and free rotations every 7K miles. Local shop has been great at keeping my old ford running as well.
 

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Very happy with my OEM Nexans , work takes me to salvage auctions with plenty of sharp metal, screws and strange parts falling of the cars :
Picked up this 6incher on the freeway ....no flat .

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